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Full text of "Uncanny Tales (November 1940)"

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NOVEMBER, 1940 15 CENT 

MURDER IN THE GRAVEYARD 

Thomu P. Keilcy 

SHARKS 

William Wrldin 

THE LOVER AND THE BEAM 

Anne, Udy Seudcn 

U DAY ZAUNG 






Starting In This Issue 

"The TALKING HEADS" 

By THOMAS P. KELLEY 

Creator o/ the Original Stories Adapted to Radio in 

"Out Of T»« NigM" 



There was that sickening thud of human bom 
I, then down beside It in grotesque fashion . 
MURDER Di THE GRAVEYARD 



minutes the oir pipe will spring a leak. There will be nobody ti 

it your protests except an occasional shark . . . " 
SHARKS - Page I 



At this moment I felt a cold rush of air from a hastily openi 
low, and. In the expiring gleam of the Are, I noticed something 
dark swaying to and fro from a great beam ..." 
THE LOVER AND THE BEAM Rig 



. Suppose the fellow was dangerous — suppose he turned round 
lis mother, not knowing her? I tried to move to assist her, 
feet seemed rotted to the ground, as In a horrid nightmare . . 
U DAT ZAUHG ...... Jlige 



jt to the night, a piercing yell of rage and 
e, Harry sprang upon the roan to club hi 
>re his shouts aroused the sleeping crew . . 



THE TALKLNO HEADS ... 




Murder in the Graveyard 






i the Fmi 



aonths ago. I( 

crime so flawless, was around sundown when, (lusty 

iction. Who would and tired, a three days growth of 

. the heart-broken whiskers on my face, 1 came up 

murdered Sarah the front pathway and entered 

he act I put on at through the gate. Tni: 5'ard was 

would have Jon-.' fairly alive with cheeping chicks 

rrymore! and fat, chicking hens. A newly , 

Brains in the grave erected silc stood beside the large, 

icnturies of torture well-kept barn, behind and around 

he mine — don't which wide, surrounding fields 

[hi L»t them ploi reaching to the -kyline, showed 

dismal vengeance, their waving crops of corn and 

■ and wait, sis-feet buckwheat, From the distance 

the skulls that arc came the fragrance of an orchard. 

"hey wait in vain! In brief, [he very air shouted that 



: the 



E of a 



o the r 



I made my way 
the red-bricked, twi 
There I saw Sarah 

She appeared in the Open di 
way js I mounted the steps; a 



house 



UNCANNY TALES 



ack of her 
1 .1 wclfar.- 
,wn gossip, 



tered felt, managed a smile and 
began a, "any chances fur some — ", 
when she broke in with her iharp: 
"You're WHtin' your time if 
vuii t-s pL-ct .1 meal. I know your 
kind We've jails for '™." Her 
face was immobile, the voice 
annul .i* pL-as.oit as the rasp ol 



her framed in the i 
hand half -raised and 

"Yum called me. Mam 
ed hopefullj 



in encouraging begin- 
ie nt ally wagered her 
bagail and she starved 
I said, "l"m not ask- 



nfr "1 know your kind. Wf'v 
jails for 'em." This time it wa 
accompanied hy her character^ 
tic foot tapping. 



I dropped the 

Ed. 

, Lady. If that' 



"If yor 






aboui I', i 

well, yes.' She spoke (he words 

in a halting manner, and : rould 

( thoat 
from my hat to shoes. 

I'm eerl 

fellow, althuugh my clothes were 
inii much at that moment. Thins 
two, sin-foot, broad shouldered 
and husky, I've heard tin- nervous 

school ititl as I passed; and the 
throaty -whispered opinion of a 
e.H-aiy-inan's wife one night, as 
we parked in a lane on the out- 
skirts ol" Atlanta was. "Honcv. 
you look just like Brian D^nlevy." 
Yes, I've always found wome.i 
pretty easy to handle, but l"t! 
never had any love for work and 
opine a man's a fool who has Yet 
there are times when it is neces- 
1 knew 



then 



"Of c 



. Man 



lowing the gesture of h 
with my eyes, saw the 
woodpile and the axe rr 
there. 1 smiled, went ove 
tossed off my. Coat and i 



-"- which was to hi terminated 
hy death for one of us and riches 
for the other. That night I not 



MURDER [N THK i iKA VLJY AKI.' 



irewdness which always marfced 
:r lather's dealings, had almost 
mbled that wealth since the 



i did I man 
at dawn and 
Willi harJly 



had so! 


ight to win 






m made 


■ : ■ 


.] them 


. However. 


;ht hav. 




fS . it die 


n't discovir 


ily. To 




:hump 




play he 


r, and I've 






Iffll .ho, 


|[ all of the 



four hours, and so il went on.' 


1 began in a quiet manner, vol- 


Then again, there was thai 


untarily doing little odd job) 


piece of information I was gradu- 


..round' ihe house which would 


ally gathering from the hits of 


lighten her own tasks —filling (he 


speech let drop hv my fellow 


wood-box, sweeping ihe kitchen. 


worker;, that Sarah Foster m , 


pumping anil carrying in the wat- 


a wealthy woman. That as well a 


er from the well. It must have 


beine sole owner of this farm. 


been a week before she gave any 


sin- held .. mortgage on at least 


sign of noticing these small at- 


i'i.hii others, as well as possessing 


tentions. But one night as we 


bonds and a hank account that 


were temporarily alone and I 


was said to go high in the five 


passed her with an armful of 


Kgura. And ii was well know,, 


wood for the bus, she acknuwl 


tlial .-he had neither kith nor kin 


edged u with .1 nod. a -..-lilhlai ice 


Neither kith nor kin! 


of a smile, and a brief but not 


It was that wh.eh first set me 


curt, "that's kind of you, Mr. 


thinking. 


Blanc." 


One day Jess, the oldest of the 


"Fine," 1 thought to myself, 




"so far, so good." Of course 1 


lie, father. Ii itemed that old 


knew- I mustn't rush things so *i 





UNCANNV TALES 


rss my (Anna 

It 

wasn't hard; i 


s. ,/ only just 


myself- oh brother, did 1 1.. 

■>n thick! 

1 would start erf in a telucl 


where the oth 
is easy for mi 


rJ'iw'iJiU 
:— right from 


almost timid manner. Yes, 
had been the martyr and actu 


tart! Oh, but 


1 was careful. 


the unnamed hero in .ill the 


ilayed my cards 


with the pre- 


ploits, but 1 didn't reallj w 






tajk about it You've got ine 






-■that modest "diamond in 


First ] made 




rough'" stuff. Course 1 had ti 




pare" of the 


careful not to tell the same s 


in the fields, then made cer- 


different, and wound the i 


i mention of i 




around and out of those be 


to reach her v 




folgotten periods of my life 


en I took to sceina and talk- 


wouldn't do for the old t;a 




Once I had 


know 1 had once done a two- 


tomed myself i 


o the generil 


stretch up the river, or that 
f lu ™m.thirH Mrriiifc™ had 1 



M1'K!->EK IN THK r,K AVTOY AR[ > 



He |..Mk,,,| „ r . tr.mi [Ik brnJci frankly, its very bad." He 

rain.as In- was melding. "N.. shaken his head with prof cssi 

Joubt of it," he answemJ prompt pathos. "With rest and qui. 

v. -With her bank money, mon- might last for years—" 
,-ages. stocks and all that, I'd lik; He raised a warning fit 



titled as I gave htm a hand, were a finatfty, 

■ thing alone had me war- The medico's answer wa 

i.ir.ili Foster was not .1 well flash a glum look then einit 

n. Bit by bit ] learned thai signing ^i^h before pronoun 

heart lUmcra which had Then Im afraid I can't bi 





r I warned y 

Uld hardly ke 


iu." he 


lde..l 
1 CC 


cp my 


Chi 


: wheel as w 


■ begat 




■ard drive Sa 


-ih sat 




hands beside 




ead 


through the v 
pathetic ailen 


.ii.d.ln, 
ce. My 



and though the har 
I still stayed on ill. 
. 1 had been; take. 



hal night I dra 

■jle in the old 
,ld l-,.,v,- been , 
I, The doctor'. 



nodded. She had been callta "Yes, I heard. Miss F™ 

■'Martin"" now for _thc past ,,h! Yes. I heard what he sail 

i weeks.. [ knew f slunild ^.iv ,, i.-n'i ^inni! to liLippen!" 

lethnig, hut 1 couldn't. I just . giving ii everything I hud. i 



To hell with delay! Caution 
and tact he damned! They're ,.1 
right in their place and I hadn'i 



w 



E WERE tnarned. u 



.red 1 m.ghi 

'.' You guessed it — a week- 



MURDER IN THE GRAVEYARD 


end (rip to South Bend, with Sat 


In seize her, to wrap themselves 


.ih in silent torture over the hotel 


arnund that scrawny neck and 




break off her endless croaking 


able enough. I could afford to he. 


.ihouT, "how a good deed -K"iie 


1 thought. Six months from now 


like a candle in a wicked world 


I'd hit New York and toss a flock 


nf darkness." or some such rot. 


of parties that would make old 


Then she'd occasionally glance 


Nero turn over in his grave 


up .it me Willi that foiilish knit 


Then we came home and win- 


she intended for wifely love and. 


ter set in, At first it wasn't had 


with an inward groan I'd have to 


Any day might be Sarahs laai 


drown my true feelings, grasp th - 


:ind leave me rieher than 1 ever 


handles of the eh.iir ;oul force I 


dared dream of. Rut day followed 




day, week followed week, one 


Winter was over, there came 


month dragged into another, then 


the first warmth of spring, hur 


changed lii the not. Inn still fhe 


Martin Blanc was still a marrie.l 


was there. Oh fechle to he sur-. 


man 1 began to wonder if 1 


and sickly as well, sometimes rer- 


dimild give nature a hand in her 


lously SO' hut never dying, do- 




ing slowly about her work, often 


chopping the wood 1 would gel 



other 'lie idway- was: 



Damn her. 
And those 



WCapun. 

;oing t 



in— no! 1 



ray. If I did ,i at til, ii would he 
in the same manner [ had man 
aged everything so fat— skilfully, 
quietly, and carefully 

But just how, puiiied me for 
Kveral weeks. Then one day. 
early in march. I had that sudden 
ll'-h •■!" light which showed how 



i'J .rend til 
J scream! 
,v t'priidu 1 
iw she ,dw: 
■ black dr 
omeoutof i 
e Land, itcl 



wasnv TALES 



T™ 



t THE OFtAVEYAFtn 

by And she was al 



ces that paralleled tlu 


thing! Taking such pain.- and cart 


■vcr.il tines dropping to 
jnd u the approach uf 


in the way the euts a hunch of 
dead weeds. Precision and order 


ears, and pacing under or 


must regulate every ».wnl;n 


ience, from on,- (kid ., 


her life, even if i. is her last." 


Tin- nnt awkward thing 


And then I weol into action. 


,e wholf set-up was thai 


Qmetly i stole through the thick 


iehr r miiihi phone the 


.■[ and closed the branches behind 


.bile 1 was ;,WA V . How 


me. Her hack towards me, Sarah 


zould always espl.un ih.il 


could not have been more than 


y 1 had gone to chc stable 


thirty yards away. With a few 


e u„,l-shed, and had not 


deft movements the sheet 1 car- 


„■ phone Luckily, rbere 


ried was hastily liung around ...e 


., .. so ■;,:.■ spring sun for 


Then or, [iproes 1 began a swift 



rie sight. Busily, cm her kne 

faded black hat pulled down 



What 1 expected, happened, then aiming ii is an archer might 

For a fleeting instant Sarah sumd .1 missive the next moment giv- 

ihere in horror, then with a low inj; lImi powerful shuve which 

moan Fell, crumpled and limp, sum her flying against the head- 

ivcr the grave of her own, (tone, 

lr. ;. moment [ was bending There was that sickening thud 

jvvr lu't, my ear going to her ,,( |, um . ln ht „ K cras hinE against 

UL-.ist Old Do; Thomas had said 5t one. Then ihe body slumped 

ihat even a slight shock miijht onln [lie grave mound, to roll 

prove fatal. This had been a man- s[l -, vv [ y „ ( t. rhen down and beside 

jimd one, so there war. every teas- ; ti „, grotesque awkwardness 

.11 I.', expect that— but no. No! Sarah's httle Hack fell hai push 

Hut damnable hear: was still ,-J f„ rW ard on her face, and a 

.king. Still ticking! Faintly- 1 (urge gash in the hack of her 

...-afclv; Yes, thats true— but it he .. ldi „ ur „j vv]lich ;1 dal . k crim . 

«as still ticking! ,.,„ m| ,|„ lv]y wiling, 

At thai „-,„,,,u [ rhiok my mind Q u i c k] y | removed all evidence 

■ ,-:,d over N,,- onnk of sainty. f „ , ,-,,,„„ i[k , Ev , :1 „, [hj[ 

I l.;-..ked around ine with the glare m , ]Fril .. ll m „ ( , .. , v . r , v ..,| 

1 ..m- demented-unable to be , "j^.j ..^turned the 'st.'cel 

" " wh " ™ y c 3 h:ld IolJ , mo , to my oat. Then withon, ■ back- 

;■ " .'; ■■■■■■I;--- ,.„J J,,,., „, dte [he grjve 

.■■ I wouldllt let her! „ r my v ; ctim | j,^ =wjfl ,,. 

rh.11 weak heart was going to be tiir-uiyh the bordering hedge, and 

■[..pp,-,! :,nd stopped right now |,^..o mv hnrn.d i.auiiev hack to 

ml il 1 had— well. 00 matter , he f arm _ Hke some thieving 
ghoul miking oS with his plun- 

; before" "" 

massive in the fast *«■ HAD been back at the 

I house about two hunts when 

o dwell on the events they brought in Sarah's body 

i'.vn minutes, for they The two men had .seen her park 

'.reu't pretty. But ed ear by the roadside on their 

had to die, and those return from the village, had rec- 

lis of hers were well iigni;ed it and investigated. Au- 

if .■i.mmi.initv. It was thciritie? were called, a consulta- 

c-uld have come, up tion held, and the verdict I had 

.1. Hid in falling her eatpeeted was reached — Sarah, 

ruck the grave-stone, ihey agreed, had been seized by 

hands went under out of her spells, and in falling 

I raised her limp her head had come in violent 

feet, steadying them, contact against the grave-stone. 



jnths tk.r 

,L, f 



ii happen 
V further. 



ii-' n ■■;" ii dil'kuli Oin the d«J" slutr is ;i lot "l" h.w; 
es make mc scnlimcn- ' come from Missouri in the mar 
■i.id ;i little stiKk hiddi-ii '■■' "f viewrmiru, ,md I don't 



UNCANNY TALES 

at clear . it boda glowed a 



IsUrnd! I hid kill.",! I„-r 



MrlRDBK IN THE 

■ m murdered me mental power we first discover 

nore awake than you've ever when were laid ripfeet below. 

i,-,-n au-.v you K>yn your wick- ''And I haw. talked to all of 

: d life." them, Martin, To former neigh- 

I leaned forward. "Sa -Sarah!" hours, to my mother, to my fath- 

I gatped. "Sarah!" cr. Even ro my long-dead graud- 

Pur 5 he went »n as though she mother whom 1 never knew in 

1 ■ .ird me. "And today my earthly life. They love me, 

into my money- those out there. They love and 

ii h will he yours and not sorrow for me as well. For you 

. vnii' 1,11. he lifted to s.iy dif- see, Martin." she said (lowly, 

'crcnt." "they know what you did to me!" 

lile flitted across her "Yes, they know," Sarah went 

white luce. on, "mid they're waiting for you. 

"Enjoy ii if you can, Martin. Waiting for the hour till you are 

-jimy every dollar .if it in those j.„d | Ks jj e me an d your torture 

-■ ■'■' have planned, :! t;lrl begin." The night wind float- 

,'nu are able to For oh, Martin. i„g j nIO [h c room whistled in 

Martin, il ymi but knew what WL . lr j crescendo, 

.- ;.J the ve.li" - A]d wha[ [iir(m . l% Mar[in . 

( In,' slender arm pointed CO- agonies undreamed of in this 

en window, in the w , >r ld Bwa [, 3uc h a murderer, 5in 

■are ■...i..e ..hiective. I knew. [■„, helow Mental torture, Mar- 

v,n the .crave -yard where we had lL11 Hours, years, centuries of 

"Out 'there we're not dead. !"^,''' "'"' "\l '!'-' 'Xr -m^- 

Martin," she -aid. "We're not lLU : ....- .. , ,.., , ■ ..,-|,- 1= l.- 

1,-a.l. ;i- via nl iln.- world know , c , ., .. , ,., ,., ,,,. ,„.., ,ht-wavei 



brains decay, it igain and again 

:iy, and only injr, threatening, r 

- left, But in taunting of what a 

.en skulls re- (innl dny, till your 

of rlioughl " will he fairly quiver 



UNCANNY TALKS 

Earth the th ought -waves will find' Then suddenly I found rav 

you." voice nnd screamed. 1 screamed 

"Not" I shouted [he word and loud and wildly. I shrieked and 

it rang out. This was no dream shrieked like? a mad, erased thine, 

and T knew it. It was Sarah a!- like a lost soul might with all 

right ■ hut [he things she was hope gone and heirs fires ap 

laying, proaehJng, And then, for the first 

"No!" I cried again. "They and only time in my life, I fainted, 

will not torture me. Why should __ 7 HtZN I came to myself the 



W" ! 



sure I'm smiling, in starting 
to chuckle then laughing loud- 
and louder as I write. Why? 



I IN THE GRAVEYARD 

he hot- :o be ground into fine dust, then 
>e-fing cremated? Do you get that — 
wned .1 crushed and burned! What could 
'he do then? 

And that's just what I'm going 
to do now! I've already [-.honed 
Oram, the lawyer, and made an 
appointment for nine this 



only have ,i good t 






.vilh.HH 



able 



go i 






Oh Sarah, oh you fool! You 
thought your coming buck would 
always haunt me. That ! would 
be condemned to spend th. 
of my years in mental tortu 
thinking of what would awa 
when I was finally laid to 
But you're wrong. Sarah, j 
wrong. Why in hoping to 



ing. And I'll have that clause put 
in my will and I'll laugh when 1 
think of it. And I'll have a good 
time with her money in this 
world, then when I die we'll see 
whai Sarah and her vn.iiiUierm.j 
friends can do about it! 

You gasp, You stare in admira- 
tion. You Blonder how 1 could 
have (hcnjfiht of such ,i way nut. 
Pretty clever, eh! t)h I told you 
Martin Blane was clever Got co 
get up pretty early tn put any- 



HE following item appeared 
in the Milvale Weekly Stan- 
di. 



::t 



[hat upon my death my skull was 




Sharks 



riXIAM WELDIN 






The Malay, i 

galled that ail was ready for 
e descent. Only Leila Craig 
liled encouragjugly ac Howwt, 

n of himself, a feeling of 



farewell look, 



icihins 
is play- 
ful tap on U'itii'. 4n,uld,T. Sn 
iik.' ("iiirsiin! lie thought. Then 
lh.' iljrk Wiw nave of the In- 
dian Ocean closed over his head, 
lediatcly to .1 clear, 



round the Nicr.h.u l.-l.iiid- Ewrv 
ihini? ..ill O.K ? Ki.,( wwihti 
down there?- 





SHARKS 


voice within in 


Rid Howett. His 


showing the creatures of the trap 
ical sea in their own deep set 


the helmet sen 


Indcd unnaturally 


background of shells, coral ant 




>ot raining h**: 


.Tidi, lined growths. 


why, crossing t 


Ik wet asphalt of 


Then there were Carson, rl,. 


Piccadilly Cira 


is in crepe soles 


adventurer, who was .jack of al 


would be .in a 
comparison." 


he fish laughing," 


Elm cutler, with that drop of ad 


aid Guam, 




venturous Mood in her vein: 


sharks. They're 


about seven yards 


which send* its possessor on wild 


'..1.;: 1 ,'!;;;:;. 


waters, and can 
ti man like a pill." 


goose chases round the world. 
The rest of the crew were Mftl 


A malicious 


dun-Vie. then si!- 


ays, with the exception of the 


enee. Howett 


ank deeper, and 


three European ships officers in 


ihe cleat green 


round him grew 


iinciislim.in. a Portuguese and ; 


darker and deo, 
ca! fish, ut fat 

of his presence 


.,-<■ Strange tropi 
tasrit shapes md 
■s, became aware 
Bind swam round 


half-caste. Howett and On,oi 
were on their own, and the srric 
keeping down of costs was nee 




ange world, this. 


'The cable slackened as How 




irfilce of the sea 


ett-5 feet sank into the soft mud 


nnd its bottom 
world, where . 


an unstable 
>ou swayed, rose 


He sifliialled u P his arrival, and . 
moment later the powerful ray 


and sank in . 


P pnoreseent. 




ghostly shimmc 


:■, thai grew ever 


tic light on his surroundings. 


duller, ..ml .11 


length died away 


Howett had constructed a spr 


altogether. 




cial watertight camera: this iv 


Down, down 


down. Howctt*S 


uow took from [hi- pocket of hi; 


thoughts nam 


.ed to the ship 


d,v„.,, ,o„ S,.o„,he rjlaro ol ,1,, 



r..k.' l, himwlf. ,L half' se'ic 

■ ;: in lie 
ichoa,-,m, 1 f theseanea 
l,e little Nick,, |,|, „,! 





ceased to function: hi? thought- 


with Lei!n 


vwtc :i hiank. Then, wiih surllini: 






-ii l should 


his mind. LtaJvaniiing it into ae- 


you," said 


tiviiv Sharks! Suddenly he kni-n- 


why the fish were fleeine. If Car 




s..ii didn't finish Sim off .he 


r on deck 


sharb probably would. 


itiht. H«.w 




ll>d so ™i." 


No answer. 


hardened. 


"Carson!" 




Against nil hope lie prctcntly 




hciird Carson's voice close to his 


hill 1 wtii 






"I've just sent the MilI.lv .lw;h. 


ny longer." 


M.iee y.m :,ny l.,si wishes' They'" 




\|M consdenttoualy carried nut." 



son!" gasped Howett, gap'ng m 


will he tried for murder." 


horror at the cre.it body thai 1 ■- . ■ --1 


For a whole minute Carson wss 


.inc.- more darted into the light 


.silent. II- denied to h, thinking. 


"Mad! I'm as E""d as engaged t<> 


■ If the fellow reallv understood 


Leila." 


English I'm sure he'd have tried 


"In ;i few moments the devil 




himself will Weak off the en. 




own hands," 


"N.... he'll just let you fall into 


. :. . vet. "Have yuu 


the trap. These fellows wont 


anything else to say?" 


raise j ringer n. save ,i while, but 


"You're a fool. Oaraon. Leila 


they'll mate use of any dodge to 


.en if you in 


get him into an awkwiird posi- 


clear me out of the way." 




"My friend." laid the cynical 


Another pause, then Carson 


ducaied Euro 


spoke again. "I'm e'-i"!! In pull 


pean among twenty Malaya who 


you up," he said. 


don't sneak . word of English i- ; 


Howett sighed with relief — 


j person cf importance where 


but too soon, The shark swam 


woolen jr.- ... led. Such si! 


into view, coming straight to 


uat;ons w-.ll work wonders in the 


wards him He ilitne himself 


middle of the Indian Ocean." 


downand the creature shot Dvet 


"You're mistaken, Carson," 


his head, striking against the 


Howett 8A.il 'Si me of the Mai 


rock. Then it turned round quick 


.iv- uiiu-.t-taiiu Liiglish vcrv \ve-]l. 


as lightning, and plunged on- 


At any rate, the man who's help- 


wards into the darkness Howen 


ing you does. Leila told me the 


felt the polling of the cable. 




"Stop!" he shouted. "Wait till I 




give the signal." 


able pieo f jew Ikry, and that 


"What's up?" asked the aston- 




ished Carson. "Shark*?" 


For .,n instani the microphone 


"One down here and another 




up there," said Howett laconical- 


tense voice. 


ly. "You've still got a chance. 


"What's that you said?" 


Carson." 


"1 "said that the Malay w'hu 


He raised himself cautiously, 


"■■irks llu- winch uuder.sl.iiij. 


Ihen'ek.aualtmgthi -hark'siicM 


English." 


"That's a he!" hissed Carson. 


"'nd'"i ■■' 1 i - , i ' ' ■ remem 


""Does a man in my position 


her thi r. :,.,,' .: th, hurt attack. 


he'.'" asked Howett quietly. "I 


turned awai ortdecidedry, Howett 



TNIANNV TALES 






rhe double danger had previous!; 
caused him to forget. For wl 
itemed an eternity he waited 
[he darkness; then, as the mon 
ter did noi reappear, he signalli 
In he pulled up. 



Half-an-hour later, dazzled by 
die iropical sunlight. Howell nuts under tie; 
stood on deck. Carson, his hands "Aren't the> 

,-itf the Jiver's lit] met. Then he Mown , H„w 

-udde.il)- addressed the Mai 

English. 



' i let mi with pou, y.'ii swine, 

ihouted Can 1 a judden pas 

sion "Don't you understand me'" 

"No," said Howell "He does 
not mi dersta nd a word of English. 
Your trouble is in vain, Carson." 

Before Cat 
Leila Craig a 



r deck with i 



- huge 



, belOT 



the 



,J. 



us nl Food, Kwala." he sail 

I'm going to settle down on on 

these islands. May the dev 



"So-so." -aid Hovveu si 
nd Leila's frightened look 
urn eiiri.iu.~lv happy. 

He looked the other in the face. 

"Funny thing," lie said, "Saw 

couple nf sharks." He paused a 

"l''v, ,ften ;, yellow shark. 




The Lover and the Beam 



MR. OSBERT S1TWELL Tin- Hull is situated in one nf 

said recently that "ghosts the loveliest .pots in the many 

and spirit phenomena gen- still untrodden ways "1 Biiirkirii; 

crally are very often [he produe- hnmshire. The house, originally 

linn of ennui, Imagination, gen' late Carolean added to by some 

er.illv of jii elementary kind, as- eighteenth -century owner uncon- 

sens uself in relieve tedium: and uected with this story, dominates 

liun ;.-![' deLL-piii.n follows." the beech winds which surround 

,,,. ...... it on either s,de until they erad- 

While admitting that some „,. „.„, n( ,„ ,„ , m a, 1 |, [ ,,,c 



•tedium," D 


fabricated to "re 
r to stimulate the 
thers, 1 must dif- 


'■ ■"",.'; 


nds. 


T 


ins, Greek temples, 


Cm Mi' Si 


leaden ' 


,'J' 


Ml, 


;i lake of dreams! 


with imiii! 
,J. ,,„J (if > 


psychic* pheoom- 
onnected in any 
, They just hitp 
ine can apply the 


appro* 
groves 
and co 


■[,..-■ i 




springtime through 
. spilling fragrance 


d normal to 


the supernatural) 


The. 












,„. gho 










ago some friend* 






e is in bloom, but 




an old house In 


traditio 






be wrong, a* any 


k ^v"',n. 


uhl,"iu fBLte°it4 


I'k'tte 






tin" could not have 
■i settle than a gar- 



l-N.-ANNY TALES fc 



clouds of rosy pinkish mai 
gleaming like white cor a! in a 

sullen stormy reddish purple* 



tug up E 
yjelf. 



ind P 



. orry. Anne darl- 
ing," she said, "but we have a 

house lull- won't next Fridav do 
as well?" 

I told her how weary I was of 
London and added. "1 don't care 
if you put me up in one of the at- 
tics, i simply must come." After 
this SOS I heard a hurried con- 
sultation, .111 appeal to Robert H . 
and then Dorothy said if I didn't 
mind sleeping in the Long Room 
I should be 



I a 



of the 



>nth. 



: For t. 



nail talk. The square E .,l| e ried 

hull from which one could look 
up to the top storey provided the 

1:011 picture. The house party wis 

111 ibc best -.:■! spinK preparing ro 






"1 never knew there was such 
a room, and I've stayed here 
many times," I said. 

"We never use it," he replied, 
"you probably won't like it a bit " 

However, I liked the Long 
[Win, which we reached after a 
si ill climb in the top of the house. 
True to its name, the Lone Room 
extended under the roof and ran 
e length of the frontage. 



It 1 



..■i:lJ..w: 



like s 



.arid 



yes, looked down the 

v.-cch- bordered avenue. It was 
omforlahly furnished, and there 



□thing 



about ■ 



which 

crossed the ceiling immediately 
over the bed. 

"Are you sure 
sleeping here?" asked Robert. 

"Mind— why should I mind?" 
I retorted. 

The evening passed in the pleaa- 






and 



. We 1 



cd, listened to good mi 
ed the peace of the a 
and realised that the 



-. the H-s 



;, Rob- 



Robert still persisted in his pro- 
fuse apologies for [he Long Room: 
[ saw Dorothy look at him with 
in unspoken prayer for silence, 
jut he paid no heed, and when 



once more show me the way to 
the Long Room. 

The night was chilly, and a 
wood lire burnt on the open 
hearth. The dancing flames 
showed up every corner, and I 
wondered, as I took slock of my 
surroundings, why Robert had 






much. 



The oak fourposter was evi- 
dently ,1 survival of the Carolean 
era of the house, the crewel- 
worked hangings were admirably 
preserved, and the colours of the 
.-soti.: Bowers glowed u if they 
had been embroidered yesterday. 
The rest of the furniture was 
modern, and the only archaic note 
tfruck by the absence of elec 



trie light. 

perhaps." I 

candelabra, 
ready to light n 



raght, when 
indies in the 

Inch had bee 



Mr. Sitwcll 

yeatigc of ennui about me. I was 
comfort.ihly tired. 1 had pleasant 
memories of the good compan- 
ions I had left downstairs, I got 
into bed, and drifted into dreams 
as soon as my head touched the 
pillow 



t AND THE BEAM 

o- sense of tetror the like of which 
n: 1 had never experienced. It wan 
as if existence had been suddenly 
destroyed and laid about me in 
ruins by a ruthless being who 
knew neither pity nor remorse. 
Added to this mental terror, I 
was physically afraid, in dread, 
not only of my own life, but of 
that of someone inexpressibly 
dear to me. 

I tried to control my nerves— 
when suddenly the bedclothes 
were literally dragged off, I strug- 
gled to retrieve them. Useless. 
Somebody unseen was stronger 
riian myself. So I lav in a huddled 
heap, my face buried in the pil- 
lows, while the heart-throbs of i . 
hitherto unimagined passion vib- 
rated ar.itmd me and formed dark, 
unintelligible hints of some wild 
and despairing love. 

At this moment 1 felt a cold 
rush of air from a hastily opened 
window, and, in the expiring 
illeam of the lire, I noticed some- 
thing dark swaying to and fro 
from the great beam — something 
that twisted and struggled. 

What was it? What re-enacted 
horror from Beyond was I wit- 

1 was now far too frightened lo 
take refuge in the. obvious and 
faint, so by some effort of will 
power I clutched the bedclothes. 






or^ " 



t undisturbed, and a 
red to light the car 



UNCANNY TA 

.-I, fortunately did ncn it e 
n to the sockets before end 
d«i 
sndly light mid [he song ly 



three windows tooting over the wake of m; 

drive were tightly closed. I re^istcrim: ■' c"'« 

™Ihad not inwineJ the hu; .n mingled K li"> 

of the night, and acute enriosi 



my months, but when I came 
C k W England the first person 1 
„ was a friend of myself and 
c H.-m. and one evening liter 
nner 1 heard thr ghost story of 

'l was sure v..., had gone 
rough it. Lady Selsdon," said 
,lonel T„ -when you left in 
eh a hum. Tell me. just how 

uch did you seer 

I told him. "H'm . . . yea, ex- 



character. ''Had I :..- : i..un,;,~5 1..J -f Dorothy's. 

"Yes admirably" "Have you not.eed thai Mrs. H. 

SUied him. He L never lets her beloved ho1ldo K!> 

me askance, asked sit up until midnight, and always 

:cond his inquiries, -end* thtm ..If every n, L dii before 

lv di^.ni.-tied when eleven?" 

■ought ill, result "Ye- of curse, hut what 

morning I recalled hearing can It possibly have on 

..!,.,. although I your story?" 



IE [.OVER AND THB BEAM 

Bed the dogs where her Ulv; outside lit 
„ were ... re concerned. 

. D. rctu 



rally he- 



i thai 



.it. Bui the bed 



with wine and 
wen! into ihe i 



lull belonged to the I'att of th. 
imily, .. detestable individua 

.■hose rale id.-., in old a E e was to ""'.' "'" """ ™ 1 >" "'■ 

"'kVl'I ;m ' T hl'-i i' n 'Tl'i J'* V"th * cc'ii ■ women. Sir .1. hurried froi 

.irv Beauty, who loathed her chamber to bedchr- 1 -- 
leasc, and Failed signally ir 

my t.i' earn the dirrei line, miwini; wife. 

.■as virtually kepi ,i prisoner at f> think ll.mi". 

).. her aristm-ratw husband heiim ■"■ 

moneylender to young bloods ^cred thai th 

.■ith ]ir.>s|>e.-ii, and al«i to eamh ' " '- ''■■ Ll1 

is and high livers at Whitehall, i." I'" ; ■ '' 



could discove. no trace ol hi* 



Nobody suspected that Sir J, 


■The lovers were asleep 


it eat 


was the person known as Mr. 


other's arms, and at that n 




s at his chambers in Lincoln's 


the hard old man must ha 




Fields, and no one hi D, was 


tied what he had missed 


n hf 


J whither he went on his fri.- 


The knowledge made him 


-e re, 




Hi- slipped the handcuffs 


in th 


I don't know how love even 


wrists nf the unconscious 




llv came into the girl's life. Al 


and the wife awoke. 




i the lovers Used to meet sur 


Death staring at her out 


.1 hi 


titiously in the Park, after 


husband's eyes. 




rds in the Lone Room, as the 


"'Sir J. dragged the you 
across the floor and hang 


A hji 



thr he am with the steel rush of air, 1 ' I said "But there 

You see. Lady Sclsdon, thr isn't any trace of a window." 

couldn't lift a hand to save "] t WM bricked up from the 

If. and Sir J.'s superhuman outside in recent years. However," 




U DAY ZAUNG 

An Oriental Mystery 

A Tom Greyburn Story by C. Harcourt Robertson 



GUARDIAN OF TREASURF 
r R GREYBURN." said 



guarded by an U Day Zaung." 



ii\ /C K GREYBURN." said s "T . %' j » T 

IVl U Ti " G V'' 'Vol will A ghost? suggested Pirfitt. 

think me a credulous "A fairly solid one, according 

old fool, bur did you ever, by any to tradition," said Greyburn, 

chance, conic across a trace of the smiling. "The lady— for the spirit 

U Day Zaung in your travels?" is a female-has been known to 

"Wait a minute " broke in Far- enliven the nnnunony of her task 

ntt, the rice-broker. "I'm only si-: bv fallin g '" lov,; with * hand ' 

months out, so perhaps you'll es '"""■' V'oung hunter it such should 

cusc me for asking what the U c[oss " er P ath - 

D-iy Zuin- is v ' " And then " ildded V Tin G >' i 

"'■■ t T °" G "' b "'" " h ° ""• S±w°S."SS S 

folklore," he said, "is the guard- t j, a , Kl , stayB -j w -, V5 with her." 
lan spirit ..I .1 buried treasure. In -y hcn the [rc ,,= urc , sn ' t mucl, 
the old days under the Burmese US( . t(] him," su gg esta d the pric- 
kings rich men were anything bill ,,,-,( |> lr fitt 

safe, you know. What with requi- -Qh! he is allowed to revisit 

sition, and invasions from Siam the haunts of man occasionally." 

and =0 forth then: were frequent ,.,,-J Greyhurn. "provided he 

occasion- »hrn 1 man found <t |i CC p S his mouth shut about his 

wise to hide h,s property in the ,„„£ | uck ." 

rartii, and (hen suir.efimes lie mi (j Tin Gyi bent forward. 



I'NCAN'NY TALES 



time,"' said Greybur 



word I've seer, no U Day Zaung." 








NOT CLEAR OF 


SUSPICION 




"Yd 


p joking with my belt. 
i'vc no betters, U 


"Yet you have f 
in-,-,- (' Tin Gyi poi 

according to tmdM 
Zaune's lover must 
the feci of being - 


id ., r,v,. 

ited out, "and 

m an U Dav 

always deny 

a. My Friend 
.m suspicion!" 




and 
"Dm 


aid Greyburn hands™ 
indeed he spoke truly, 
: magistrate had the r 

Burma." 
. Mr Greyburn,"' said 



laimed Parntt. 

Thai make< no diffc 

eve," admitted Ten 



ltd Burmese 


quests were well supplied with 




whisky and soda and cheroots. 


,w of one or two Burm- 


At last Greyburn spoke. 




"I don't know," he -..id slowly. 


ul handsome enough — 


He p.niseJ and .hen added sud 


1 spare your feelings, Mr 


deKly, 


i. or you may Iv afraid 


"I'll tell yc.u a rather queer 


tuiongh the Moulmein 






Tom's B nle,b)ue eyes stared im- 




seemglv over -wards t |te sunset 


1 Tom ,11 tre.n alarm. 


Presently the words came. 


d Parfitt and U Tin Gyi 


"1. was ahom five years ago," 


h, .merit laughter. Tom 


he said, "thai 1 met Mr-. Fit-. S c- 


us 1..1 ., moment, then 


,,ld at .he IY<.m U:tk bungalow 


related and he laughed 


V,a, .,11 know Pagan, 1 up ■ ■■■■ 



I DAT ZA.UNG 



and 



mi inhabited only by snakes 
id scorpions. The government 
tve cleared the roads, and one 
n walk amid the ruins and mar 
ii at the royal whims which 
.uld build such a city in the 
ngle ind then leave it to decay, 
"She was ;. little, bird-like old 
dv. with bright, silvery hair and 
face like a ruddy winter apple, 
ner table she plied 



"Later that night I heard her 
story; a long sire, starting with 
young Fitlgetald't boyhood; all 
his early escapade and (he pn;..-.- 
W won at school: how keen he 
adventu 



the I 



[■Mil 


ii 1.],. 


nt lor i 


nstructions how 






Parakh 








"But 






going 


thei 


■■-'' 1 


said. ■ 


urprised. 


'Wbv 




LljlU 


in the 1 




gle. 


and 


tllL-R-\ 


nothiiig 






mp whe 




(her,- ■ 




'I km 


iw." she 


said, ■hi.l 


1 1.1 u-r 



sed dov 



■ the 



"I saw her turn pair; then she 
forced a ~i-.irl.i- and looked mv 
straight in tli 

■■'He's my son and he's still 
there; that's why I've come out. 
I'm going to take him home,' shr 



"The thought of the brave 
old lady going all that 



1 in die 

"Then he had got his chance; 
.. job with Steel's in their Fores! 
Department He worked well for 
tin. fir-t three years and got his 

,-hWoi Par'aUi. All tin- time, lu- 
w.is writtntr every week to his 
mother in England, long letter*, 
describing his life He spoke ol 
the U Day Zauns;, too, [okingly. 

"Suddenly the letters (topped. 
The little mother i;ot unions 
When she'd heard nothing fo[ 
the best pari of a month she c.abl 
ed the firm. They were very de- 
cent: set the wire, working and 
...bled her back that her son W 
alive and well They didn't tell 
her till afterwards, when she came 
out, that he was ignoring the 
firm's letters, too; hadn't sent a 
report in for weeks. 

They sent another fellow to 
nucstiiiate Fitliirrald, who was a 
hicc-h chap, cave him a dickens 
■ >f a hidinc and then chased bim 
hack with a shot-gun. Then be 
wrote a letter to the Errn, chuck- 
ing up his job and telling them 
be didn'i want to hear from them 
igain. A Burinmi siibijidin.itr 
afterwards told the firm that there 



j'js some woman in a red l.ingyi in charge, hur Fitzgerald ^ 

niicd up with him. the Biirm.ni wn* imwherc to be seen, 
ladn't seen her. but hc"d over- " 'Where's your master?' 

leard Fitzgerald talking (a him c(1 lhl . mrln . 



:!' have heard bad things about these 

■I], .-vi.-imi.illv we gw Burmese girls how they give 

li .hi ilie jfier n ul" iti..- men drugs th.it drive them mad. 

day. and there was tha Thank God, ! have eome in time. 

arid Fitzgerald'? [,-mpiir.iry Ask the man to take me to the 

DW, with .1 scared Looglay place where his master is.' 



U DAY ZAUNG 

"I gave llie necessary order and pi'-e l 1 u.- fellow "as dangerous - 
the Looglay led off along ii well- suppose lie turned round on hi; 
i footpath. Mrs. Fiugerald mother, not knowing her? [ triad 



followed, and 1 


brought i 


ip the 


■ • 


ssist her, but my 
«ed to the ground. 


EERIE 
through .'.! . 


SCENE 


miles 


The ''" Burman 

trembling viol, 

"1 louked . 

She still Sad 


beside me waa 

t Mrs, Fitigcrald. 
her hand on her 








son's shoulder, 


hut she was Star- 


... . 






ing too, in thi 
I.,t son. Suddi 
right hand in 


■ same direction as 
■nly she raised her 
the air and made 



id iabberii waj in Bnrmeseas the sign of the cross. Then she 

;,rj as he Could go to no one! spoke again but not to her son. 

-There was something so eerie "[ [00 k off my helmet. She was 

3out the whole thing that I just pro vine, i 

<,od still where I was. The Loog- - Tm not ((1 l0 

y pulled up too hut the old tLi| iv , md ,,: [ ,/ pr , y , r > , d *..,- t 

dy pushed forward. [hm]( sljml , n(iw tn ',t I've any 

"She walked right up hehind n „] y i",,,' lv „-„. [L ,) lcr . n But when 

ie .itli.ii. man and put her hand ^ |]|]lp(u .j ^. hd(j hcr hu „j 

l his shoulder „„t hefore her as if pointing at 

Drek, my darhng boy. she wl|11 , lhl - n , lld lhe „£. 



aring in front of son gave a violent start and a 

■ as' though to '~'' : - a Bnt)0[ - Tht Lwglay beside 

jght have been >»e threw himself on the ground 
by a dump of '"id momentarily distracted my 
attention. When I looked up 
uueen ' he said again Mrs. Fitlgerald and her son 
I will be your were locked in each other's arms. 
lie over the am- "I pulled the Looglay up and 

irits of this ,un- made him come hack" with me to 
Igalow. About half an 
iter Fit:gcrald and his 
tame in. He louked [II 



drink ; 
from i 


Vom golden 
u by -studded 




., the 


same 




le had 


put a 


.iwii mi 


■ back: 





U DAY ZAUNG 

"I gave llie necessary order and pi'-e l 1 u.- fellow "as dangerous - 
the Looglay led off along ii well- suppose lie turned round on hi; 
i footpath. Mrs. Fiugerald mother, not knowing her? [ triad 



followed, and 1 


brought i 


ip the 


■ • 


ssist her, but my 
«ed to the ground. 


EERIE 
through .'.! . 


SCENE 


miles 


The ''" Burman 

trembling viol, 

"1 louked . 

She still Sad 


beside me waa 

t Mrs, Fitigcrald. 
her hand on her 








son's shoulder, 


hut she was Star- 


... . 






ing too, in thi 
I.,t son. Suddi 
right hand in 


■ same direction as 
■nly she raised her 
the air and made 



id iabberii waj in Bnrmeseas the sign of the cross. Then she 

;,rj as he Could go to no one! spoke again but not to her son. 

-There was something so eerie "[ [00 k off my helmet. She was 

3out the whole thing that I just pro vine, i 

<,od still where I was. The Loog- - Tm not ((1 l0 

y pulled up too hut the old tLi| iv , md ,,: [ ,/ pr , y , r > , d *..,- t 

dy pushed forward. [hm]( sljml , n(iw tn ',t I've any 

"She walked right up hehind n „] y i",,,' lv „-„. [L ,) lcr . n But when 

ie .itli.ii. man and put her hand ^ |]|]lp(u .j ^. hd(j hcr hu „j 

l his shoulder „„t hefore her as if pointing at 

Drek, my darhng boy. she wl|11 , lhl - n , lld lhe „£. 



aring in front of son gave a violent start and a 

■ as' though to '~'' : - a Bnt)0[ - Tht Lwglay beside 

jght have been >»e threw himself on the ground 
by a dump of '"id momentarily distracted my 
attention. When I looked up 
uueen ' he said again Mrs. Fitlgerald and her son 
I will be your were locked in each other's arms. 
lie over the am- "I pulled the Looglay up and 

irits of this ,un- made him come hack" with me to 
Igalow. About half an 
iter Fit:gcrald and his 
tame in. He louked [II 



drink ; 
from i 


Vom golden 
u by -studded 




., the 


same 




le had 


put a 


.iwii mi 


■ back: 





old job back, bin his 


.l-.ail-, ill,- girl?" 




Tom -miled. 


England. ! think sin- was 


"Shi- did," he said "She said 


,- jungle's mm for every 


the girl was lair uf iumpii-xiou. 




li.id Lmy bhicfc hair hanging J.nvri 


e drey sailed 1 bad :, talk 


her b ■ . i . - k. and was dressed in I 


uld lady. She said: 


red silk longyiV 




If Tin Gvt drew a Jeep biealh 


Ivwitehtd him. but Cod 


"Ye*," he said. "That is the 


;er lhan the powers of 


lfaditinn.il .l.-.-fipiiiil. <■[' tin- 1 '■ 


i she could not stand 


Day ZilUngf 


ly prayer. Do you know, 


"Very remarkable," said Par 


tied Bimply to disappear 


lilt, "but firvybui-n s.l\v nuihuig; 


aid 'Get thee behind me. 


he admits thai the fi>lini>t inifjl-.t 






ook a pull at his whiskv 


Mrs I'it^.Taki: it was a girl," 


U Tin Uyi leaned lot- 


■It w,,s V P;,v Zauni;.- <aij 




old U Tin Gjn obstinately. 




The Talking Heads 



Bj THOMAS P. KELLET, 
...... Porntiott tt rirei Dj U .■..■.! Tulrt 



Oi 



r Ihnt 1 -Tlinnks c 



M', 



NAME is Neil Bryan 



eath of my falher 



...iv thrilling. A spy; a second For in instant, as the blue ey«s 

I,:.. II.- - .mvI, of ;■ victim." [....kcd qiustioninsly M me, 1 de 

V\'( Imth laughed, tected .1 slii;hi .imi.-ty a? well a- 

"I:, thai event I M afraid ?uli " ,l » 1 ' 

ill find mi uninteresting com- "No," I confessed. "No, Mia 

my, Miss Terry. Unfortunately, Terry, I do not There are times, 

am not * general, have not been I assure you, when I really atn 

■trusted with any Government quite formal. 1 do hope you will 

l.,n-. 11.-1 In I know .1 single forgive this Wul breach j( 

ilit,iry secret." etiquette— it must have been the 

"Not even s small one'"' voyage thai caused it. This is m'j 



■a .. small one," 1 an- 


lirsi trip, and I've heard that th 


cctedly. "Also, 1 feat 


sea uirencourag 


ase is quite hopeless 




me in the role of vil 


**Si> ii would ippeat rlaweve 


»c event of my kid- 








d what price should 1 


M. doubt the sen 1.- 






shrugged hei graceful 


"Aud they are no! .ill bn 


5 only uoe, 1 fear, and 


wind arouses a teen desire fi 


1 would have to he .1 


breakfast." 


ml, know depression, 




,ge scale, and all thtit 




ng_ No, I am afraid. 




:. thai you would nnJ 




poor hostage," 


pruncr on my part, Miss Terry, 


.1 be quite willing to 


1 ventured, "but if 1 were to 1 




io bold .'- 1 ■ .r-V. you to breikfai 


ou must he ,1 gambler 


with me 


■Use would possibly be 


"Perhaps," .-.nm: the simlin 


)f ■: '«," (he con 


pci ■■'• with .hi equ, 


f course, you know we 


boldness. 1 mighl accept." 


■ery silly." 

„" 1 admitted, "hut ■'( 

:s of fun." 


1 IUS began my acquatnun< 
I with Carnl Terry, an m 


ely blond girl looked 


■ 1 ■ ..■ 



THE TALKING HEADS 



. Nor Jul her lips. 



ly different Irom other,! Take me C!" [ remarked at length. -Yes. 

for instance: I have no one: that like a perfect letter C. And your 

is, barring an aunt in Brooklyn first name is Carol. What an odd 

who,,, 1 have never seen." coincidence," I smiled, "branded 

"No brothers or sisters?" with your own initial!" 

"None," [ replied. "I could "So Bob said at the lime," ail- 
leap over that railing there, and swered Carol, laughing at the 
no one would really care." memory of the incident, "as he 

"Heavens, Neil!" she exclaimed, tried to convince Father that it 

"'Please don't do anything -. u-a- :io mishap. Uuforrunatdv 

rash." for him. however. Dad thought 

"Perhaps ft would be best not differently." 

to," [ agreed, laughing. "No "The rest i- easily imagined," 

doubt 1 would find it a weary I replied, "and it doubtless re 

swim to New York— and dinner suited in a trip to the woodshed 

so near." for your unhappy brother. How- 

"But twenty minutes." answer- ever, it really is a minor scar, 

ed my companion, glancing at her Even without your watch as a 

[eweUd timepiece. covering, I doubt if it could ever 

"In this watch." she continued, be noticed. So small that " 

"you behold an instrument that A gasp of consternation had 



rimen of youthful skill as an The girl's little hand, tremblin 

Indeed," I answered, interest Find her eyes swiftly signale 
ahead, as her face changed to 

An accident in childhood," sudden pulled fear. 

explained. "We were child- . 

Bob and I, celebrating \ T THE exclamation 1 tun 

:en Vic's birthday. Bob threw _£\. .J. to behold a -tall ma 

ny liiveracker that landed on watching us intently. Tr 

wrist as it exploded. The re unserving Stranger Kaod a! ti: 



THE TALKING MEADS 



was he to whom Carol referred, thing about it 
So swiftly h.id I wheeled about, tne to rise. "Y 
there was no time for him to drop 
his eyes, and the gajc that had 
met me was a cruel, menacing 
tine. For a miimcm lie stood thus: 
then Feeing himself observed mcl 



i of s 



, he 



walked rapidly 



with 1 
wheeled 

I turned toward [he girl in mi! J 
surprise. 

'"And who is th.it fellow'" I 
asked "He certainly shows re 
markable interest in :: 

She hesitated a mnnv:ii before 
replying 

I do not know," she admitted, 
n . perplexed m.inner "I really 
do not know, and yet 1 am sure 
! have seen that face before. It i« 
itn.igeii Familiar. It could not be 

oh. I only imagine it perhaps, 
but he certain!) does appear s:m- 
•'•.■ to the man Lucy notice.) 
around the house before I left." 

"Lucy'" I answered "Oh, yes 

that is your friend, the girl yoii 
visited while in America " 
■ idded. 

the day before my departure. 
st;d that 1 mar. Sad passed the 
huuseaever.il tunes I looked from 
the window, but obtained only a 
fleeting glimpse *A him Then lam 
- danced, 1 suddenlv 
■■■ same dark eyes up... 
me. hut it «e.med so trivial at the 
time. I made nn comment :o you 

'Then us time we did some* 



here, Carol, 
while I find that fellow and take 
him to the captain for question- 
ing." _ 

I had risen from the chair and 
started Lifter the man, when the 
girl seized my hand. 

"No the it sted hastily". 
"No. Neil please don't! 1 may 
he wrong, you know Perhaps he 
meant no harm The poor fellow 
might have mistaken me for 
someone else Nn, we must not 
borrow tiouhle. Please stay 

"Why. of course," I answered. 
.■1:. -•.-.■ 1; her Jeteimin..d in.u: 
ner. "Of course, if you wish 11 " 

My surrender pleased her. 
I do, A false k cusation would 
be terrible, and we have no real 

"No real proof, perhaps." I 
murmured, resuming my deck 
chair, "but he certainly did ae: 
in a suspicious manner Why. 
that evil retri 

fession of guilt of some «.irr 1 
really think he should be found 
and .;n explanation demanded" 

The girl had now recovered 
hi 1 v -..I. .11 

"Oh, let u.. forget the whole 
silly thing, and talk of something 
ht broke in. laughing 
ly "Our minds have become as 
morbid as the gi ive We m:i>i 
not destroy what remains of a 
perfect voyage with groundleri 



lehow my efforts 



chap of which the 



uld," she replied softly. "Our were then occupying Lhe .mention 
i I,-.. d.,y- Mother hiivt- been ,,f Cr,-;„ Briuiii. ..f the theatres, 
isam ones, nor is ^iv hqmc a and lastly, the renew,.! of our 



M 



here "will :il' 














tgeruaUty, 
















Na 


a." Carol w; 




The Devil's 


Am 


hassac 


or 




cd. Tl 




is :in old 




[y STAY ii 


leng 
proi 


ndon 
th. 
eed i 






Father 




; Doctor Zoli 


:ei H, is 

,-,f soldier 


but aga£ 
















physician. 


ones of a hi 




red E 

brfor. 


,i,i 




who 

estin.n. 


Y. 


ningly has 
e, and h*Yi v 


,'ry inter 


hat I had 










him " 








much she 










The 




rl looked sm 






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her hr 


xhc 


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decision thi 












ide. 






ch chaos. Pa 


.1 T> 


mid v 

.u'a-d, 


era 


th 
ed 


rather 

' ' "Of 


ilW 

lid 


nUrd situatui 
1 agree to goi 

jrse," 1 had 

lie delighted.' 

Zola is a 

.■ explained, 


:i. that ... 








-:i!lJ the 


I' who VOi 














cht on which he u 


id. though . 




urpas 


id. 




giged ha. 


put into port 




og from me 






■V 










he. called 



THE TALKING HBADS 



UNCANNY TALES " 


spoke her brother. "Why- he 


selves most fortunate." 


worried mure about you than I 


Bob Terry gave a sofl whistle 


did. At least twice a week lie 


at this' exaggerated flattery which 


iv.hiIJ call, ,1111.1 LuiUuili.illv it was 


caused the sleek Frenchman to 


the same thing; 'Where is Made- 


regard him quiwdealy for a mom- 


moiselle Terry?' 'How soon do 




you expect the return of Made- 


"Ah, Monsieur Terry," he 


moiselle Terry?" 'Let us hope I 


spoke at length with a pu;zleJ 


do not miss Mademoiselle Terry' 


half-smile, "always you will have 


One would have thought von 


your little job..-. Oh. what a race, 


were his long-lost child." 


what a droll race, you English' 


"He must be a unique char- 


Even your ways of humor are un- 


acter." 1 laughed at length. "1 


certain. It is strange that while 


shall enjoy meeting him." 


but a few miles of water separate 



c Tetry should consider them glim 



| OG! Cold, damp, dismal fog. 
rh.it effectively hid the world 
i the night, as though 



THE TALKING HEADS 

iig eyes with were heard b 1 



tinst diem. Wilkin; 
)ugh, bur to be diishinj 
iouthampron fog in 51 



haps you had her 
night." 



i be- Erieane Zol; 



i.f the appointment -it the yacht. 
That .she had heard nothing ol 
lust night's occurrence was evid 
ent, nor did 1 mention it, know 
um that n would onl 
her. 

On deck I found die French 
phv-i.ii.ii luinsell and seven or 
fight dark. rough kioking felluws; 
the latter hard at work grooming 



tiny \ 



pleasantly ,and led me down to 
•his cabin when- me the ship's 
commander. Cipum Bank.ifl. .1 
tall, black bearded Russian. vA:-, 
nodded in .1 cold, disinterested 

"Monsieur Bryant," explained 

Zola, "is a friend <jf Mademoi 
sell.:. Terry and ht-i brother whu 
will be aboard shortly. A wel- 
come guest, though his tinning ,s 
unexpected." The physician smil- 
ed pleasantly 

The splendors of the large 

Was evidenced by the room, 
which was newly fitted with velvet 
and gold 111 a manner that would 
become the yacht of an emperor. 

On board ilk' ship 1 !ud notic- 
ed [In- rising clouds of smoke, and 
other indications of an immediate 
pre pa red 11 ess fi n- sea. 

"You will he sailing shortly, 
I. ,1 plain'.'" I asked presently, dm- 

"Within the hour. Mr, Bryant, 
within the hour. We are bound 
for Km -ibat Eden of the South. 
where tropical nightingales ling 



in tin- twilight. You have been 
there, perhaps? No? Ah, well, in 
that respect yr.u Americans are 
somewhat like the French — poor 
travelers." 

"Softly, man eapitaine, softly," 
.11 in we red Zola 111 .1 querulous 
■.■lice, leaning forward in his 
chair, "As history will tell you, 
it was but a short century ago 
that a certain little man led the 
armies of my country into nearly 
ever)' capital in Europe. Moscow, 
1 believe, was paid its visit, de- 
spite several efforts on the part 
of your own people to halt their 
uninvited guess?.. Cairo, Berlin. 
Venice — to all of them he render- 
ed social obligations. It will be a 
bad day for_ the world when the 



French . 






veling . 



The black -bearded commander 
l.uiglicd loudly at this .sally. 

"Ah. well, 1 am not the one 
who will hold an ancient griei 
ancc Open vim cabinet and you 
will find me ready to drink a toast 
to your beloved France with your 
own sparkling wines, the Bourb,m 
of America, or strong Russian 
vodka," 



lism to America 



UNCANNY TALES 



Whatever answer I might hive 
given to [he question was never 
uttered. A high-pitched voice 
suddenly sounded above us. The 
next instant running footsteps 
fJioi' 'lying down the corridor, 
and a tall man burst excitedly in- 
to the cabin. 

"They are hen-!" he cried. 
"They are here!" 

He stood on the costly rug, 
panting and unable to find vwjid-. 
Then again he broke out: "Even 
now, oh master, the fair one and 
her br ither mount the gangplank. 

They " and then as the man's 

eyes fell upon me, his face went 



arn of e 



Dased at this 
I raised my hands as I gaa 
speechless wonderment at 
Frenchman 

"But the girl, oh master; 
girl, and her brother — even 



■.1,-y 



; for 






Doctc 






"What is the meaning of this''" 
he demanded. 

"It means," I answered, spring- 
ing to my feet, "it means that this 
man is an attempted murderer. 
Last night during the fog he 
sprang upon me " 

"Ten thousand hells!" shrieked 
Zola, and the man cringed before 
the rage of his flashing eyes. "So 
you have allowed yourself to be 
recounized as well as to miser- 
ably fail in your sacred swam 
duly! You have handled your mis- 
sion like a blundering fool!" 

"Stay where you are. Mon- 
sieur!" he ordered, wheeling 
quickly toward me, as a small 
automatic appeared in bis hand. 
"Stay where you are as you value 
your life. One shout, one single 
move — and you die!" 



will I tell them? What are 

Doctor Zola stared mutely at 

his inquire]-. Fur <>n,e his nimble 
wits lud deserted him. The man 
seemed bewildered, uncertain. He 
cast a worried glance overhead. 

"Siifiristi!" wailed Barakotf. "Is 
this muddling American to thwart 
our plans at the last minute? 
Must the schemings nf countless 
centUiics he made futile by the 

"No, nothing will stop us. The 
commands of Karamdur must be 
obeyed though the heavens fall!" 

The physician was talking in an 

"Here, Captain, take this gun 
and keep him covered while Ab- 
dul binds and gage him I must 
present myself to the Terrys above ' 
and prevent any suspicion. Do 
not be afraid to shoot if neces- 
sary. Too much is at stake to be 
lulled by a little bloodshed." 

With a brief order to the 
watching lackey, Zola hurried 



the r. 



Overhead, I knew the unsus- 
pecting Carol and Bob were de- 
stined to meet some unknown, 
perhaps horrible fate. And here 
stood I, the only one who could 
possibly warn them, as powerless 
as though 1 were on some distant 



THE TALKING HEADS 



planet. The tall Abdul had pro- 
cured .i Stout rope and was mov- 
ing toward m^ The ready auto- 
matic pointed at my head, and tn 



.t hiir 



i Yet I could not submit 
to the swarthy assassin and relin- 
quish the one chance of aiding 

my friends. Perhaps 

"Don't do it, Bryant!" snarled 
Barakoff, ipiessini? my intentions, 
"Don't try shouting out a warn- 
ing to them above. It will mean 
your death, and the glib Doctor 
/■■!.■ , .1:1 .;ui.:k!y w.^.u-i 11 .is ne 

fuddled sailor. Be silent, man. Be 
silent and sensible — it's your only 
hope! Turn around," he continu- 
ed. 'Turn around and face the 
wall Hurry! There now— raise 
your hands — higher!" 

Helpless, I turned my back to- 
ward the grim Russian. Softly 

a quick whisper. There was a 
brief, terrible silence. Then a 
body moved suddenly. An agonis- 
ing pain shot through my head, 

the room spun crarily around, 
horrible red waves sprang befur.- 
my eves, and 1 sank to a dark 
oblivion. 



came aware that 1 lay on a hard 
bunk in a tiny cabin-like room. 
The dull rumbling of machinery 
sounded far and distant. 

Minutes passed. At length, 
with a low groan, I sat up, Slow- 
ly my eyes traveled around the 
bleak interior of the chamber. It 
was then that I first noticed the 
small port -hole on the far side 
1 if the. room. Beyond was a patch 
of blue sky. Instantly my haziness 
cleared, and leaping from the cot 
I sprang toward the tiny opening, 
my heart heavy with dread. One 
brief glance confirmed my sus- 
picion. As far as the eyes could 
naught but a tumbling 



e of v 



'. We v 



Dazed by the discovery, I""glanc- 
ed around the chamber for some 

■.ii.i:ck means of escape. The only 
exit, other than the port-hole. 
>ak door which p 



ed. Up. 



to be 



IT WAS. as I afterward learn- 
ed, some two hours later 
when I regained conscious- 
ness. The first sensation was a 
throbbing pain in my head. The 
room appeared unsteady, while 
my eyes seemed almost too weak 
to lift the lids. Gradually ! be- 



lly locked on the outside. The 
contents of the room were few. 
A chair, a small table, together 
with a cot. comprised the simple 
furniture, while a tiny closet, 
evidently a clothes-press, was 

The porthole could be dismir 
■ed as useless, its tiny opening be- 
ing much too small to permit es- 
cape. I could, of course, wrench a 
leg from the table and try mv 
■ ji the door, but 



nould ; 



with- 



L . .,.,,,, 



T-NCANNT TM.F.S 

:lir ■iiIvt wlir!! ilii- .jult-Hiim "M.i ini|> ■'.' I !■-!■■ i liLiiking mily "I 

decided for me in .1 simple bin your comfort, 1 bring you a iplen 
Wiexpccicd manner. did dinner, and you say nothing 

Heavy foot-step! sounded in n "' cvcn ■' mere merci. Come, 
the corridor without. The door of ««»*. >'"" must be different. Haw 
the cabin was suddenly Bung *e goodness to wait and I Will 
' n everything t lint is, every 
] think you should know." 
a quick gesture Iron. Zola, 
use Mack set hi* tray upon 
tny table; then Icanins re 
lly against ihe wall, he con- 

:ior Zola extended his eigar- 
:asc toward mc. "No?" he 
ked, as 1 shrink my head 



:. Mnn Dicu! Whal . 



TMK TAI.KI.Vi; I-1KADH 



^r. -liiur, i* aboard the yacht, 
Ni'iihin ha: kvn h:- Hi- 
- ted. Both are safe, and will 
jiiif tu he so during our long 
. lit That much, fur [Ik- peace 
■ your mind, I truthfully tell 
pau, It is quite needless to worry 

"What about myself?" 

Doctor Zolii looked meditative. 

"That i.- somewhat difficult to 
..V. MoiK-icur." lie answered sIcav 
Y "Your position is decidedly 
iwkward. like that of the unin- 
.■ued cue.-t. Y.. V1 see. he does not 



"He? 



I you 



e who made this all 
icssible — the powerful ruler 
vhom I serve. Your coming will 
le a surprise to him. Let us hope 
hat it is a pleasant one. Your 
ate- would not be easy should it 
-rove otherwise," 

"Be 1 more expiieit. Doctor Zola. 
t is quite obvious that we have 
wen shanghaied. What 1 wish to 
mow is why it happened, and 
vh.it you intend doing with us," 

"As yon wish, Monsieur," he 
nswered with a shrug. "Briefly, 
s is like this; 1 was sent for the 
ole purpose of bringing Ma- 
emoiselle Terry and her brother 
j him. The reason. 1 do not care 
j divulge. Fur weeks 1 waa fori 
d to wail while the fair one 
hired in America, but my pur- 
' ' 1. Un- 



ii]Vf OW, as to the future: 
i* We are going on ,i long 
voyage, Monsieur, ind 1 
hope ,i will lv a peaceful one The 
handling oi" this yacht with our 
limned crew will be in itself a 
difficult task, and one that can 
stand for no interruption. Thus, 
your position is made quite pLnn. 
lie sensible, cause no trouble or 
Jit-uirKiiioe, and you will be well 
treated. On the other hand, any 
rebellious or unruly conduct, and 
you shall be severely punished. 
There now, I think that juM 
about lakes in everything." 

"Not quite," I answered. "There 
.ire still a few more things I would 
like made clear. First, just where 
is the destination nl this uncalled 
long voyage?" 

"That 1 must not tell you." 

"Then, as to our fate when 
we get there," 1 demanded im- 
patiently "You can surely tell 
me that," 

"I can, Monsieur," came his 
cheery answer. "Doubtlessly 1 
could tell you many things you 
wish to know, if I but chose. 
However " A defiant snap of 

his lone lingers lini-lied the sent 

"Listen, Zola," I warned, lean- 
ing forward, "if any harm e.mies 
n.. Carol Terry, I will kill you. If 





UNCANNY 


r Bryant," he hissed. ' 
anything you may latei 
■c CO regret. One word 
and Zena will break ye 


Don't r 

from 
u< He 



century. The awful un- 

i ,!.■: ,;.-„„* at „ rr.iit „«i -■"■«"■■ "■ >= "" '"•"« "■• 

J., V . m. .mplicitly." ™| h *" ">' "' """Bf "™, v " 

' . , . . , , Am.d ilk' ircikioc ■ .! timlvrt. 

One had only to look at the a „ d , ashi „,- ^ Wilw . ^ 

" l;im "■' r ^'« th . e ™ h L " ,l ". 1 little ship plowed its way t.iwarJ 

Statement. Never had I seen such ^ un t l , D ^ n 

^t in height, ;ind v/cieh- Al sundown the giant Zena 

over three hundred came again with tood and drink. 

it resembled a huge low- Wordless, as he/ore, the black set 

nil line muscles" played 'he t™y tiptm the table, retrieving 

iassiw neck and chest, 'he .me be had left there. Of 



while the arms and legs, long and 


course, 1 had 


■lot believed the 


powerful, were swollen with 


wild tale Zola t. 


jld about him. It 


thiek, heavy sinew. 


h;td been related solely Co add a 


"There now," purred Zola, "1 


spice of horror 


in the dark my* 


knew you would be sensible- :( 






is the only way." A tauntins: 


During the n 


:xt five -days the 


-mile In lus thin (ace. "But come," 


great black was 




lie continued, rising, "1 am afraid 


Twice daily, at I 


toon and again at 


[his enjoyable chat is causing me 


sundown, he . 


vould make his 


to neglect important dut.es else- 


speechless entra. 


,ce. At firsc 1 had 


where. Be of good cheer though, 


bombarded him 


with questions. 


you will be Bering me quite ire- 


but to no avail 


Always his an- 


juently, and in the meanwhile 1 

shall have some reading-matter 




me: a dull stare, 


...id a slow shaking of the mas- 


sent to you. Au revoir, then, for 


sive head. At 


length, realising 


a short time. Come, Zena." 


the helplessness, 


I had desisted, so 


At the doorway he paused. 


that now my m; 


nner had become 



ess. The poor fellow is a hor- how 

t example of the treatment to cule 

arive slaves, in the distant mig 

:. Dalkis, Queen of Sheba, had dooi 

tongue cut out over three neit 

iisand years ago when he told Nev 

., witnessed intimacy between eyes 

and Solomon!" was 



During the pan forty -eight 
hours there had been 3 steady rise 
in temperature, 50 that now — the 
end of our fifth day at sea— the 
heat within the stuffy little cabin 
was almost unbearable. The slight 
breeze that inched me from the 
port-hole was hot and sultry, it 
was evident that we were being 
taken far to the south. 

Ii ■.v.'.-; ■ 1 s. 1 r r. ._ l:nc that night be- 
fore I turned off the single little 
bulb that p«f light to the cabin 
and sought my berth. 1 had scarce- 
ly closed my eyes when a strong 
hand was shaking my 'boulder. 
and a quick command of warning 

"Quiet, matey! For God's sake 

Where I lay it was dark Is 
Erehus Vainly my eyes tried to 
penetrate the blackness. A strain- 
ed breathing was just above me, 
and [ could feel the animal 
warmth of a hovering body. 
Noiselessly 1 pushed my hand 
forward till it came in contact 
with a human face. 

"Who are you?" I whispered. 

"A friend, matey, a friend!" 
came the tremulous voice from 
the dark. "Just keep your words 
lowered and everything will be 
all right. Tell me, Exst d! all, who 
are you, and how did you get 
? Be quick about it though — 



abduct them. To keep me silent, 
1 was . slugged and put here. I 
don't know what happened to my 
companions." 

The man gave a soft whistle. 

"So that's the way it is, eh? 
Get you aboard, then dish out the 
old k.o. I knew there was some 
thing rotten in Denmark right 
from tin start, but [ just couldn't 
make it all out. So they shang- 
liaied you," and then suddenly: 
"Do you know why?" 

"No more than you do," 1 an- 
-ed truthfully. 



For; 



it then 



I c 






aboard this yacht to meet some 
friends who knew Doctor Zola 
While awaiting their arrival 1 
accidentally learned of a plot to 



■dilated ri . 

"Oh, 1 knew we shouldn't have 
signed un— hut what else was 
there to do? Harry and me (that's 
my matey, Harry Tompkins) — 
we are both broke and have to 
get a berth somewhere, so we 
loins on here an hour before sail- 
ing. You know how it is with the 
;io,-kcthook empty — you'll take 
;mything. Well, we. signs on, but 
it's not till we get aboard that I 
notice the crew's all Arabs, ex- 
ivpnne. Zola, the captain arid the 
big Zena." 

"How did you know about 
me?" 1 asked. 

"That wa6n't hard. I noticed 
ihi- big fellow was always biggin' 
grub into the lower cabin. The 
fact that I never seen or heard 
anyone, led me to -believe they 
ni'ic holding somebody a prison- 
er. I told Harry about it yester- 
day, bni he said for me to mind 
nv own business and be glad it 
wasn't one of us. That did seem 



iow, kind of a irap, hut the tones hav- 

joks inc. banished skepticism, I now 

Ik,- the lis is up fur nil of us" tVit for his hand and squetsed it 

"What was that?" warmly, 

"Plenty!" answered the sailor. "You can count on me t" the 

Early this evening Harry is doin* last, Jeff, although it doe; look 

miii.- ,i..-,-k '.'■«k when he. heard pretty hopeless. The Lord .il"i:-: 

kptair Baraknff t.dkm' !o the knows how far we are from tin: 

doctor. The old boy is tellin' the nearest land." 

Prenchy he didn't want to hire "Not a ureal way. Not a great 

my new hands, hut being a few way, matey," tame the sol: assur- 

seamen short, was forced to He inn answer. "Around midnight- 

laid he did not trust the two tomorrow, or shortly after, 

newcomers, and wondered what according to Harry's ■ 

ic should do with us after they we should pass the ("■ 

anded. Then Doctor Zola laughs light. If so, the rest is easy. Fust, 

■ike th.- v,i'» devil and says there we will overcome the pilot: then 

is only one thine to do with jail- Harry will steer us j n while yon 

un yon can't trust. Of course, and I keep the crew covered, 

'hev are calkin' in French and After all, there is only twelve of 

Sgured that no one could under- them, and if we take Vm by SUt 

Stand them, bur Harry, who"? prise, three well-armed men 

been up and down these waters should be able to turn the trick." 
since he was a nipper of ten, "The plan sounds good, Jeff, 

speaks their lingo fairly well, and and I am all for it," I agreed, 

savvies the whole business. "hut where can we possibly hope 

"Tonight when I gets off duty. "' get guns on this yachtf 
Harry tells ,„,- all he heard. 'We The sailor gave a gasp oi sur- 

■-. ' he savs. 'We are PrtK. 
gunners, 1,-ff (that's me— Jeff "Get guns!" he ejaculated 

Adams), 'if we don't make a "Where eau we hope to gel 

-.reak for it." But [ tells him to guns? Then— then you don't 

■vail I'll sneak in and see the know' Why, man. this ship is a 

prisoner they have and find out floating arsenal! There's over five 

f he wants to string in with us. thousand rifles and half a million ■ 

■i.i I stays up tonight till Zena rounds of ammunition aboard 

urns in. Then 1 sneaks the key her. 

—and iiere [ am." "Maybe they're a bunch of 

, There was something pleasing e.un runners," he continued; 

ibout this voice from the dark "heard there was a gaiii; of them 

thai mvpl'i.-.! iipi-latllie. sumf where on the West 

faith and confidence. At first I Coast between Rio de Or,, and 



THE TALKING HEADS 

hack. They mustn't wake up and hahilily of the three ol US (lib 
find me ^i.mc. Onco they saw my Juiim twelve swarthy -ailm- ■■' '• 
empty hunk, a search would fob in itself a remote one No need 
lo«-. and tint mould mean dis- For any false delusion the odds 
covery. Good-bye for now, I will ngainsl us were enormous. Bui ■<• 
eomc for you tomorrow at mid- least there wis a lighting chance, 
night, or as sunn after as we sighi Night came slowly on. The 
Cape Blanco light. It is our only sun, larg* and golden, sank low- 
chance, We wifl make that Afrie- er in the sea to presently disan 
an coast or die trying. Keep pear with thai quickness so com- 
awake and ready!" moo in the tropics, 

4. A Break for Liberty , , A * ["> . c 'f [ ™ ')'"*'• ' l "™^ 



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c Kitchin", After that we . :■■ swift ..:... deadly Purther. eva 

i to the upper cabin and put further we ■•«• advan. 

c skills under Zul;i inid the cap the .ip.utmont Triipe-o.iUiii r .- 

in. Hurry will have i I . "e ben; inverted 

ell m by ihen, and tin resi Onlt ■ few mote steps now — 

on"t be hard." and then .• huge ail ■- 

"But my friends?" h ik murmured sleepily 



w 



ITH (hf agile hound of a 


and as 


"i • 'it! •' 


nodded; "Good! 


tiger, Jeff Adams sprang 


Come 


on then, 


and for God's 


quietly toward the dart 


lake l> 


• careful!" 




who might prove our 


Croi 


iched like 


escaped Fdon* 


.. .IS V..' Waited With 


in the 


shadows 


of the deck, we 



nOUIIUIllg 1LLLLII-- .:! IJ .-ir.niiiii. . , ■ ^ , ■ , 

1 . 6 i u i ,■ pi ot- house. Dcspiie (li t - many 

eyes, the muscular hands of mv ' i i . ,u n 

- i .„,. .... . • ,.i dangers, 1 tell .i hi rjin; t - thrill. 

lONip.lHHUl hoveled but Ifl IFIlIi - ■ , 

„h,,, the >war,„y -hi,,, of the ^ -^ , ^Uok.fwe 

"dXif ::;> :, th ;;,),' ,; ,,, «"-■ — «* *< *»»«> A " b 

throes of smut bad dream. The stecrsman ' 

.-yes partly opened then slowly Suddenly Jctf Adams, who was 

turning upon his side, he resumed '» tht '<s«l. motioned a quick 

■ ■ errupied .lumber. A mo- hi.li. line look forward i.i.id.- his 



lute, there > 


■ ' 


reason apparent. We had reach- 


:>und of reg 


jlar breathing, 
ageway beyond, 
ny intersecting 
,[ length to i 


ed the pilot-house. Through the 


the dark pass 

IcT'coming' 


open door 1 could see the intend, 
ed victim within; a broad, swar- 
thy Arab, steering lazily by die 


w stairway 


up which, on 
door, we found 
a silent deck. 
■ joined us. his 
; coldly in the 


The tall Englishman crept for- 




ward with the stealth of a cat. 


a [.ill figun 
.cr gleaminj 


At the door he grasped his tevol 
vet by the barrel in club fashion, 

and had stepped uuickly within. 


S- Harry," r 
u startled r 


assured Adams 

tdnmation and 


when the man. warned by sumr 
subtle sense, turned suddenly and 



per. "Onurb is al the wheel alone j„„, uiic.inscioiisiies* before his 

The other bloke is sitl! below." ,|, ljut * ^ M ]j iL] . l>USl , ,| 1L . sloping 

Jeff Adams gave a soft exejiuu- crew below, but again luck play 

ation of joy. "What eould be ed us false. With a desperation 

sweeter? Boy, oh boy, if this luck born of his great fear, the swarthy 

only holds out we'll turn the man grabbed the descending gun 

trick in iig-time. Oh yes, here's arm. and raising his own power- 

ihar Brvant fellow, and he's with ful tisi aloft, .sent it erashini! into 

us to the end. You know what to the englishman's unprotected |aw. 



THB TALKING HEADS 

Its unique knuckles were hurst and blcedm 

■ssly remain We had tried, we had failed, at 

f life that is now like «™, specters we sto. 

awaiting the words that shou 



hopefully begun! 


to thwart your Master. T 




red shrug 1 turne 


I Karamour must be served. To 


iznin 


:a St that might ha\ 


e that which has been pro) 


mseJ 


■en. A light blue sk 


v yo in the life beyond. 




dark blue sea, an 


J minds, your bnd.es. vour 


.,,.,.. 


the point where the 


, soula must be given unque; 




• faint murks of 


"You know this, and you 


.bey 


ike Barakoff, fulluv 


Yours, then, will be the pal 


...h.-.- 


3, "it is indeed tf 


>' and glory. But these strange 




it. I have no doul 


" these three unbelievers (he 


v a. 


anted English Wen 


1 not know, they do not 


-.hey 


told you as much.' 


They would but ncof at th< 




arafeoft looked que 


s- dom of thopast, only jeer a 


t th> 


the French physic!*- 


.. teaching! of Anubis, Knowl 


.■j«- 


e the last bit of n 


'■ then, is not for them, hut 


thej 




." will not be denied punish 





• held K-f,.iv rio,[... bravely (hey will i"..e- the hritili 
. rtdemned prisoner steel Come, Zeoa the blade!" 

• stood before the The black, who left (he Je. 



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. Then, se- The 



mined 10 my unfortunate com "Why not? Only a shon swim 

'•Seamen Adams and Tomp- the Frenchman, pleased at" the 

kins," he announced, "you are visible terror of [he doomed men 

guilty of mutiny. An ancient rule The two prisoners esehangi';! 

commands that lie who has pun- silent, tear widened stares of hnr- 

i?hi\] .shall lunisi-lt hi' punished ror. 

jn a like manner. It is the creed "But we can't swim u " ramc 

Of Kvamour, Seaman Abdulla, the agonised pic of the English 



THE TALKING HEADS 



iharks!" he shrieked, "The 

's alive with them!" 

; [ have heard, Monsieur- 



"Watch closely. Monsieur 
Bryant." came a taunting voice. 

Fur a brief instant there was 
a pause while thr heavens blush- 
ed at the sight: the watching 
Arabs, the smirking Zola and. 



-ruel appreciation ot the grim 

Whatever further mercy the 
uilor might have begged was cut 
short by Adams. 

"Stow it. Marry!" he snapped. 
■Can't you see what a big kick 
Am devil's gettin' out of your 
whining? There's as much chance 
uf mercy from him as a snowball 
has of goin' through hell! — Come 



and e 



ri«ht .mi 
a heav 



held the 

wooden block that had been 

dragged forth fur the purpose. 



waiting Zena. "let's get this over 

THAT which followed has 
been bunted in mv memory. 
Helpless, I watched the de 
unction of my unfortunate 

toward the r.^r... 0. - :■; ■■ -:■ 
rising sun rose up ('run the watcr- 
of the east, as though to lighten 
that awful tragedy on the spark. 

Slowly Zena raised the heavy 
blade, while three swarthy sail- 
ors, forcing poor Adams 



Justice having been administer 
ed, the two guards hustled the 
unhappy Adam; in the ship's rail- 
ing. A merciful i.meiiii5o"ousrie.ss 
had luckily claimed him, and he 
was blissfully unaware of the 
jibes that escorted him. There 
came a shout, a quick heave, and 
Jeff Adams was claimed by the 
cleat waters of the Atlantic, 

The merciless crew had turned 
to Tompkins, and once again the 
horrid scene was enacted. When 
at last the Englishman had been 
tossed, still shrieking, to the 
waves, Captain Barakorf wheeled 
threateningly toward me. 



:. Ncx 



[ -hall .: 



Another attempt like this, 
and I will have you flogged." 

The bearded brute turned to 
his swarthy crew. 

"Remove the gag and escort 
the prisoner to his cell. If he re- 
sists, bury your knives in his 

At the stairway I paused for a 



sndered and hoped For the poor, 
If-butchered devil, large black 
ia cut through ilit water, malt' 
-.: rapidly for r "i ■ - itmgglin ■ 



ucd. his 



.n.ycr 



E 



The Cast!* of Gloom 
ARLY ilia, evening ;i visitor 
came i" my cabin; a tali, 
thickset man, wilh flaming 
dark eyei and bearded features, 
v.-li.w sharp voice ran,; like die 
angry hark ol" .1 hound. The' in- 
M-iiji,,:, itstlf was unusual. Ex 
cepling Zeiia, and (lie one brief 
visit from Doctor Zola, it, one 
had entered this enter! ess little 
room. So it wns with some sur- 
prise that 1 now heln Id 
grim eomiiiiiiik'r. C.iplam Alexis 
Barakoff 

Standing in the doorway, his 
giant shoulders turned sideways 
dim he might enter at all, the 



t Russi 






with .. 



"Perhaps you can guess why ! 
in here?" he asked at length. 

"No, I cannot tell," 

"ll should he b ■ punish you." 
e snapped. "I only wish it were 
i Quickly would i teach you the 
rat law of the sea subordin- 
don; teach .1 in such a manner 
OU would never forget." 



ipparent indifference. 
"Don't he deluded hy .my l..l-e 
lu,jes. The mercies of Karamuur 
are seldom tendeij. Who knows 
but that some day mine may he 
'.he hand to hold the knout that 
will lash the last breath of life 
from your quivering hudy: thai 
i.i me, perhaps, shall the brave 
American whine for mercy." 

He nave a short laugh at the 
thought. 

"Ah yes. the paths of the hit 
ure are strange and baffling, while 
ill. -e uf die present appeal" serene 
However, it is of another matter 
thai I come to scpak. You are to 

liuid Vuur.-Ji ,„ readiness for J.. 

embadtment. In two hours we 

shall have lauded, and you are to 

To disembark? to be sent 
ashore? Theii-the trip was ..vcr 1 
Our mystery voyage at last had 
ended, and we w-.-re nuw at its 
unknown destination 

I turned to the ciimniander 
"You say I am to be sent ashore 
lK.es this mean I shall he alone'.'" 

Captain Baraknft" paused in hii 



"Then 



c„u do 



, eh!'" he asked, wilh a 



earning through his black beard. 


■„,.!.: lwB y, was the blacknew or 


, n so cool and indifferent after 


;,-.:]. i-.whuv- coastline. Deso.ti 




the K l ' "f Eh.> Illght. 11= rtil! 


% 1 thought you would come 


K1 -U ..utlinei was plainly visible. 


nund to it. But it is needless. 


But it was not th,- sight t.)f thi, 


ou will have company— lots of 


strange land atone that held m\ 


Really. Mr. Brvant. thai might 


.[,,,- On, cliff rose above the 


;ove to be the one grievous 


others, and high on top of thil 


ub too much company!" 


towering hluff was a might* 


Wirii the passing of the hours 


castle, its niiissiw ]V..f(als aglean- 


dismal rain had set in. Soon 


with countless lights that shim 


fluid my anxiety be satisfied. 


mered and sparkled through th( 


.iddenly there came the rapid 




nklingofa rilvery beu, and then 


' "Neil!" 


,r engines ceased rumbling. 


[ turned quickly at the sounc 


Springing to the port-hole. 1 
■a' k^JSLST^to? Ty 


of thai dear voice. There, emerg 


ins; from the stairway, was ('.no 


Terrv. p..U- and in.;luci!,d, witl 


, h, ti door was again suddenlv 


■jL.st-n-.vl.-J ha,., and clothing, hi, 


oenad This time the intruder 


alive, [hank God, alive! 



ronw in the my own eyes even now. Oh i 

darling!" 
bearded com- She put tier head on my shou 

. Zola leaned' er and cried softly. 

airway Now "1 have Keen quite safe. Je.i 

quick smile I assured her, as I held her si* 
tin-,- anJ 1-.,- der rujJv closely, "safe and t 

harmed. V „,-t rlfll tr 

" he shouted, yourself with such needless W, 

store, 1 look- ries" 

t a hundred Gently she disengaged hell 



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from my arms, then slowly push- you will recall, mentioned thM 

ing mi: from hot and holding my fact several times. Presently I 

hands in hers, spoke in a soft shall have him freed and then 

earnest manner: one of the small hosts can row us 



:V top ■ I the jteep cuff. Doctor 

followed by the great Zena. Be- 
hind them, in single file, came the 
liberated Bob. with Carol and me, 
while four Arab sailor* brought 
up the rear. 

Reaching the top step, we 



"God alone 
en will do, 

a shall be. 


knows what thi 


MLvXd mm 
,„ Forget ,1 
II not be rt 


■e than 
ty silly 


iitti.- ,o 

1 pronus t 



seore, Carol." t answered, v^i'vio,; 
rhe tiny hands a suueeic of en- 
couragement. "My one hope is 
that I may be able to show one 



our queries. As to what future 


lanterns, while higlu 


we mieiir tin J within those frown- 


countless glass halls. 


ing portals, I could only guess. 


blue, yellow and bright 


Carol turned iiiddrnly "Bob' 


<ercd fr. tmong the 


Where U Bob? Neil, 


Lights' Lights! SI 


brothel " 


very where. 


"But 1 have not, M.idem-jiselle." 


itreamers of 


came an oily voice from behind 


emerald bulbs Lwuiklci 


'Lite Monsieur Brysnt. he has 


the diirnal mists, elearl 


hee'i held somewhat against his 


atinfi the spacious path 


will," continued Zola, 'but in no 


1.-.. ■■ .. ^borate m.t 



/. TAI.KlNfi HEADS 



Id-rc 



i distan 



the great castle itself, to war J 
whose frowning portals we were 
now led. At the 1 massive entrance 
stood two armed sentinels the 
first sijilit ul habitation we had 
seen in this weirdly beautiful 
land. Our coming had been ex- 
pected. Quickly one of them 
«wung open the mighty hronie en- 
graved door, and acting on .1 
word from Zola, we followed him 



my.'.t 



,.Ke 



■w insignificant, hosv small we 
M hitve appeared to his sar- 
lie eye, as we stood so help- 
I before him in those age-old 



uailing, Neil. 
ith a quisucal 
fsician had left 



"I do," spoke up (he practical 
Boh, whom nothing could greatly 
frighten or surprise. "It means 
we have fallen into the hands of 
a balmy lot, who are trying 'o 
re-enact some scenes from' the 
Arabian Nights with us as the 
principal characters." 

"Let us hope it is nothing more 
.serious. than that," [ said. "Dur- 
ing the prist six days 1 have ha:- 



stepped mi hoard the Star of 
Egypt," 

Bob Terry nodded toward the 
four sailors, who were regarding 
us suspiciously. 

"Less than Useless to question 
them, I suppose?" 

"Quite," I agreed "Doubtless 
they themselves do not know, and 
it ih,y did, hot irons could not 
force ii from them. No. [ am 
afraid we will have to wail nil 
the powers that he choose to en- 
lighten us." 

"Then there is nothing we can 
do till that time comes," spoke 
Carol gently. "But it's comfort- 
ing to.fcnow that my two men rc- 

for myself, no qoecn could li:u 



reful 



Tlie 



only loss was the misplacement --if 
my wrist watch misplaced, or 

She held up her wrist on which 
the tiny C mark showed plainly. 
"And now 1 have nothing to hide 
my identity." she smiled 



"If wc are fortunate enough i" lei me warn ynu "I the fully t- 

-vn sec Siuithiiinptnii again, [her. .--. ■;■ Tin. |... -■-.::.■ well :i 

will he another." I promised. "A the hiyjuhJs below will be palmi 

Hold one, .1 solid j;old one." led by native Soldier? with r.rder 

"Inlaid with diamonds at a to shoot on sight." 

special gil'l from me," put in Bub "And this m.mer ..I yoin> '' 

iwith boyish eagerness. asked Bob. "Wt are to sec hin 

Further 



inn by the sudden appearance 
' Zola. Poi once the Frenchman 


"Tomorrow nighi withi 
replied Zola. "Tlie greal 


uit fail." 

honor ,- 


id dropped his serenity. TV 


to be yours. Meanwhile. : 




irk face appeared harassed and 






(Cited, while the usually firm 






z:zzi' ,n " h *""" 


and clean".' 


', :£1 


ill come with me." Hi- paused 


Bidding graid-niclii to 


:hc Ter- 


. wipe his moist brow with s 
Iken handkerchief, although thi 


i-in.' 1 ,-' r^- f '-k"--i'' l : -, : 


a uuick 


yht was cool. "The Master will 


bedroom, where, despite i 


hTdark 


K see mi till tomorrow God 


mystery and strangeness 


,-.i my 


one knows why. Some word. 






me false rumor, perhaps, must 






LVC reached his ears. Rut you 






e to some with me. Rooms 

ivc hern prepared for you." 


l^ARI-V morning ■■„ 
Mli shining through ti 




U r .he grand staircase, then tan 


window in Leiden - 


; -i;,.i .' 


ninth .1 pair of folding doors 


awakened me. From 


.vitlvml. 


e followed the Frenchman, to 


minded with the cool mil 




ill at last in a brig, broad cor- 


the sea, came the sharp t 


lip of a 


dor. 


gardener's shears. Lying 


in the 



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Out of the night there comes a mist 
Which shrouds the things of day 
And opens up a world to us 
Of things that live a ditteient way 
But do they live? Or are they just 
The fragments of a mind fatigued 
By labors of an arduous day, 

— Rai Purdy's introduction to 
"Out of the Night" 



IT IS AN ITEM 0/ noteworthy interest that Thomas P. Kelley, 
foremost weird story writer, creator of the original stories 
far radio adaption in (he famous "Out 0/ The Night." it the 
same Tommy Kelley once \novm as "Pride 0/ Miami Beach" 
in the world of sports. Tommy Kelley, who almost stashed his 
way to the welterweight crown teas bom in Canada, and lives 
in Toronto. He is a well built, husJy young man and often 
omuses your editor by tearing ai pac\ of playing carets lohile 
discussing the plot of another "hair raiser." 



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